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Definition 1: a male parent (also used as a term of address to your father) - [noun denoting person]

Samples where father or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • his father was born in Atlanta

Synonyms for father in the sense of this definition

(father is a kind of ...) a father or mother; one who begets or one who gives birth to or nurtures and raises a child; a relative who plays the role of guardian

(... is a kind of father ) an informal term for a father; probably derived from baby talk

(... is a kind of father ) the father of your spouse

(... is a kind of father ) an informal term for your father

(... is a kind of father ) an informal use of the Latin word for father; sometimes used by British schoolboys or used facetiously

Definition 2: `Father' is a term of address for priests in some churches (especially the Roman Catholic Church or the Orthodox Catholic Church); `Padre' is frequently used in the military - [noun denoting person]

Synonyms for father in the sense of this definition

(father is a kind of ...) an identifying appellation signifying status or function: e.g. `Mr.' or `General'

"the professor didn't like his friends to use his formal title"

(father is a kind of ...) a clergyman in Christian churches who has the authority to perform or administer various religious rites; one of the Holy Orders

Definition 3: God when considered as the first person in the Trinity - [noun denoting person]

Samples where father or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • hear our prayers, Heavenly Father

Synonyms for father in the sense of this definition

(father is an instance of ...) any of the three persons of the Godhead constituting the Trinity especially the person of Christ in which divine and human natures are united

Definition 4: the founder of a family - [noun denoting person]

Samples where father or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • keep the faith of our forefathers

Synonyms for father in the sense of this definition

(father is a kind of ...) someone from whom you are descended (but usually more remote than a grandparent)

(... is a kind of father ) any of the early biblical characters regarded as fathers of the human race

Definition 5: (Christianity) any of about 70 theologians in the period from the 2nd to the 7th century whose writing established and confirmed official church doctrine; in the Roman Catholic Church some were later declared saints and became Doctor of the Church; the best known Latin Church Fathers are Ambrose, Augustine, Gregory the Great, and Jerome; those who wrote in Greek include Athanasius, Basil, Gregory Nazianzen, and John Chrysostom - [noun denoting person]

Synonyms for father in the sense of this definition

(father is a kind of ...) someone who is learned in theology or who speculates about theology

(... is an instance of father) (Roman Catholic Church) a Church Father who was a great preacher and bishop of Constantinople; a saint and Doctor of the Church (347-407)

(... is an instance of father) (Roman Catholic Church) one of the great Fathers of the early Christian Church whose major work was his translation of the Scriptures from Hebrew and Greek into Latin (which became the Vulgate); a saint and Doctor of the Church (347-420)

(... is an instance of father) Greek theologian who was bishop of Lyons and an antiheretical writer; a saint and Doctor of the Church (circa 130-200)

(... is an instance of father) (Roman Catholic Church) a church father known for his constant fight against perceived heresies; a saint and Doctor of the Church (329-391)

(... is an instance of father) (Roman Catholic Church) the bishop of Caesarea who defended the Roman Catholic Church against the heresies of the 4th century; a saint and Doctor of the Church (329-379)

(... is an instance of father) (Roman Catholic Church) one of the great Fathers of the early Christian church; after a dramatic conversion to Christianity he became bishop of Hippo Regius in North Africa; St. Augustine emphasized man's need for grace (354-430)

(... is an instance of father) (Roman Catholic Church) Greek patriarch of Alexandria who championed Christian orthodoxy against Arianism; a church father, saint, and Doctor of the Church (293-373)

(... is an instance of father) (Roman Catholic Church) Roman priest who became bishop of Milan; the first Church Father born and raised in the Christian faith; composer of hymns; imposed orthodoxy on the early Christian church and built up its secular power; a saint and Doctor of the Church (340?-397)

(father belongs to category ...) a monotheistic system of beliefs and practices based on the Old Testament and the teachings of Jesus as embodied in the New Testament and emphasizing the role of Jesus as savior

Definition 6: a person who holds an important or distinguished position in some organization - [noun denoting person]

Samples where father or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the tennis fathers ruled in her favor
  • the city fathers endorsed the proposal

(father is a kind of ...) a person who rules or guides or inspires others

Definition 7: a person who founds or establishes some institution - [noun denoting person]

Samples where father or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • George Washington is the father of his country

Synonyms for father in the sense of this definition

(father is a kind of ...) someone who creates new things

(... is a kind of father ) one of a group of founders

(... is a kind of father ) someone who helps to found a colony

(... is a kind of father ) a woman founder

Definition 8: the head of an organized crime family - [noun denoting person]

Synonyms for father in the sense of this definition

(father is a kind of ...) a person who is in charge

"the head of the whole operation"

Definition 9: make (offspring) by reproduction - [verb of body]

Samples where father or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • Abraham begot Isaac
  • John fathered four daughters

Synonyms for father in the sense of this definition

(father is a kind of ...) make or cause to be or to become

"make a mess in one's office" "create a furor"

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